Over 1, women were reportedly sexually assaulted during the —16 public New Year's Eve's celebrations in Germany , in most cases by men of non-European origin. In many of the incidents, women in public places had been surrounded and assaulted by groups of men. By 4 January , the German national media reported that in Cologne , the sexual assaulters had mostly been described as "North African", "Arab", "dark-skinned" or "foreign". The attacks inspired anti-Muslim and anti-immigration rhetoric in Germany. On 5 January , the German government and the Cologne police speculated that the attacks might have been organized.
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The mayor of Cologne has summoned police for crisis talks after about 80 women reported sexual assaults and muggings by men on New Year's Eve. The scale of the attacks on women at the city's central railway station has shocked Germany. About 1, drunk and aggressive young men were involved. City police chief Wolfgang Albers called it "a completely new dimension of crime". The men were of Arab or North African appearance, he said. But the Cologne assaults - near the city's iconic cathedral - were the most serious, German media report. At least one woman was raped, and many were groped.
New Year's Eve in Cologne: 5 years after the mass assaults
The square outside the Cologne train station, photographed on several nights in January Kirsten gasps for air. Suddenly she feels a hand sliding across her buttocks, under her skirt. She pushes it away. A few minutes later, the same thing happens again.
Farouk and his year-old brother, who was charged with theft, were accused of being part of a group of about 10 men who attacked a woman in a crowd in the station. The two men were convicted of theft and receiving stolen goods, and each sentenced to six months on probation. The prosecution had called for seven-month prison sentences.